Who are the masters of irony, sarcasm, and wit?

Answer by Durga Prasad:

How can we forget Oscar Wilde

Few of his quotes:

  • The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
  • Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
  • It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
  • Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
  • Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
  • A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
  • Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
  • Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
  • No good deed goes unpunished.
  • A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
  • Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.
  • He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
  • A true friend stabs you in the front.
  • The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
  • Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.
  • Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
  • A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.
  • Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
  • “I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."
  • You can never be overdressed or over educated.
  • “I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”
  • “I am not young enough to know everything.”
  • Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.
  • The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
  • "I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability."
  • The basis for optimism is sheer terror.
  • To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.
  • "Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong."
  • One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
  • One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
  • All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.
  • "I can resist anything except temptation."
  • It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
  • “I have nothing to declare except my genius.”
  • “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”
  • After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.
  • Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
  • To define is to limit.
  • Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
  • The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
  • How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.
  • “I like men who have a future and women who have a past.”
  • Youth is wasted on the young.
  • Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them
  • sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but the highest form of intelligence,

The richness of Oscar Wilde's writing and the witty play-fullness of his style is like no other.

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